10 Things to Know, Day 8: Nadal trying to reach 13th French Open QF

10 Things to Know, Day 8: Nadal trying to reach 13th French Open QF

It would be the men’s all-time record for most French Open quarterfinals—Novak Djokovic can tie that record if he wins on Monday, too.

Trivia: Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both play Argentines in their fourth round matches today. Who is the only Argentine to beat Nadal at a major? And who are the only two Argentines to beat Federer at a major? Check back tomorrow for the answer.

Welcome to Week 2! 

Two of the biggest names in the history of the sport, Nadal and Federer, will try to reach the quarterfinals today—and for both of them, reaching the final eight would be historic.

Federer could pass Martina Navratilova and tie Chris Evert for most major quarterfinals in the Open era

With 53 coming into today, Federer is tied with Navratilova for second-most major quarterfinals reached in the Open era for a man or woman. If he wins his match today, he’ll tie Evert for first place with 54.

Nadal is trying to reach his 13th French Open quarterfinal

It would be the men’s all-time record for most French Open quarterfinals—Novak Djokovic can tie that record if he wins on Monday, too.

The last 16 men remaining have 56 majors between them; the last 16 women have four

Broken down for the men, that’s Federer (20), Nadal (17), Djokovic (15), Stan Wawrinka (3) and Juan Martin del Potro (1). For the women, it’s just Garbine Muguruza (2), Simona Halep (1) and Sloane Stephens (1)—Stephens plays Muguruza today.

Only three of the Top 8 women’s seeds have reached the round of 16

That’s No. 3 seed Halep, No. 7 seed Stephens and No. 8 seed Ashleigh Barty. It’s the fewest Top 8 women’s seeds to reach the round of 16 at Roland Garros since 2001 (there were three that year too: Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati and Serena Williams).

Federer’s opponent, Leonardo Mayer, is 0-17 against Top 5 players

He has two Top 10 wins—No. 7 David Ferrer (2014 Hamburg final) and No. 8 Kevin Anderson (2018 Queen’s Club first round). Federer is ranked No. 3.

Nadal’s opponent is trying to do something no man has done since 1996

Juan Ignacio Londero is trying to become the first man to reach the quarterfinals in his debut major since Alex Radulescu at 1996 Wimbledon.

Muguruza has won 26 of her last 30 matches at Roland Garros

Stephens has a pretty good run going herself, too—she has won 23 of her last 28 matches at majors (starting with the 2017 US Open).

Wawrinka has won 14 of his last 20 matches against Top 10 players at majors

It’s a stretch that began at the 2013 US Open, right before the Swiss won his first major at the 2014 Australian Open.

The former World No. 3 plays current World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas today. It’s a first-time meeting.

Marketa Vondrousova hasn’t lost before the quarterfinals of any tournament since Australia

Since a second round loss at the Australian Open, she has made the quarters or better at all five events she has played (including Indian Wells and Miami). She faces Anastasija Sevastova for a spot in the quarters here.

Trivia Answer from yesterday: Until her loss to Sofia Kenin in the third round here on Saturday, Serena’s only loss to a younger American at a major came against Stephens in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Australian Open.


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